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This is Unusual

11 Sep

I got paid!!!!!!!! Woo hoo!

How Much Did I Make In July?

3 Aug

My freelance earnings from the month of July were around $2500. Isn’t it funny that no matter how much you make sometimes it does not seem like enough? Our son starts preschool in a few weeks, so that is going to scrunch our budget together even more. It really will be time to say goodbye to DirecTV.

How were your goals in July? Did you meet them?

Today as I was doing some marketing I came across a post Miranda did from WAHADVENTURES. She highlights some others who have also shared their income. Very cool and you do not want to miss it. Also, a fellow work at home mom had a lot of success and she is a force to be reckoned with. Check out her July Income Stats.

If you would like to learn more about what I do, then please feel free to visit http://www.jessleewritingstudio.com

 

15 Things I Want to Tell My Boys Before I Die

9 Jul

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If I died today, please know that I love you and each day I woke up wanting to make your life as beautiful as possible.

When I yell, it’s because I don’t want you to get hurt or to feel any type of physical pain.

When you see a tear roll down my face, I’m not sad, I am so thrilled to be your mommy and see how beautifully made you are.

I do not buy you the biggest and most expensive things because I want you to appreciate the small things in life. I love seeing you get excited about a frying pan and spatula from the dollar store.

As soon as it gets really quiet in the house, I sit there and bask in the quietness and then I jump up quickly to go see what mess you are into.

I love when Benjamin looks at Isaac and just says “I love you.” It’s also beautiful to see you two play together. To see little Isaac running around with his big brother is just heartwarming.

If I could have one wish for you in this world it would be that you never have to feel pain. I would take your place at any given moment in any given time.

I wish you boys would sit still for two minutes to let me read you a book. Good thing you have your fathers book smarts.

Your mommy and daddy fought hard to be together, so that your family can always be whole. We have two very special people to thank for that.

Life’s too short. I look at my boys and I cannot believe how fast you have grown. Although life is fast, I never forget to tassel your hair or kiss you on your soft baby cheeks.

I can’t help but laugh when you, Benjamin, tell me that I have an “act-ittude.” Your words and way of perceiving life are just too cute and funny.

I have overcome a lot, but only through God was I able to. Always give Him the glory and remain humble as you progress through life.

I can’t wait to meet your future wives and hold my future grandchildren.

The day you hug me as a man and tell me you love me, I know that all of these days will be worth it.

I want to see you grow up and get the wisdom your father has. He is a sweet and caring soul that loves your mother more than anything.

If I died today, please know I loved you. I would die for you.

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Dear Client: What can I offer you?

4 Jul

What I can offer you…

There are probably around 1 million writers in the world and I am just a small percentage of that 1 million. Honestly, I have no clue how many writers there are, but I do know what I am and what I am capable of doing. This is my 18 month of actual freelance writing, but I have been on the scene of writing much longer. What started out as a way for me to stay home with my children has turned into a lifelong career!  I am so thrilled to give you several reasons as to why you should choose me as your writer.

Full Time Writer

I do this full time. That means I work from the comfort of my own home and I am dedicated to my clients. Most of my clients I have been working with for close to one year. I build long term relationships with my clients and they trust me with what I have to offer them.

I am the writer.

A lot of times when you are looking for a writer, you get someone that says “I have a team full of writers…” That bothers me because when you hire a writer, you want to know that they are doing the work. Most of my clients will tell you straight to your face that is what bothers them most about writers. I aim to please my clients and that will always be my number one goal. Of course, I know that I can’t please everyone I work with and for!

Experience

I started out writing for a few websites, but now I have my own business. Everything that I have learned has been from experience and not from some class. I have a degree, but writing well comes from experience and pounding of the keyboard. I will never agree that a degree trumps experience. I have both and I think that makes me an even better writer.

Positive Outlook

I believe in God and that he has a plan for my life. My outlook on life is not meek and I consider myself a very strong person. I’m not perfect by any means, but I am positive. I’m a family person and my family will always be the light of my life. They are the reason I am so motivated to be the best writer I can be.

So, if you like what you read then maybe I am the writer for you. A lot of people ask me what I am good at but the reality is that I have done it all. If I have not done it, then I am always willing to learn and branch out.

Feel free to browse around my site, get to know me and contact me if I can be of any help to you.

 

Feast or Famine–Give it to me straight

3 Jul

Warning: Notice my blog says a “little bit of everything?” This is not your average work at home blog. Image Image Credit http://pinterest.com/pin/31454897367956178/

Every freelancer goes through it. It’s called the feast or famine spell. I absolutely hate it and I know it’s partially because of the holiday, but anyways I wanted to share a little of what’s going on in my freelance life and some of the situations I have encountered over the last few months.

Feast:

a. A large, elaborately prepared meal, usually for many persons and often accompanied by entertainment; a banquet.

b. A meal that is well prepared and abundantly enjoyed.

-I would have to agree completely with this statement. While a freelancer is feasting, she is happy and content and nothing in the world can stop her. It’s a very rewarding time and something that every freelancer wants on his or her plate.

Famine:

 A drastic, wide-reaching food shortage.

A drastic shortage; a dearth.

Severe hunger; starvation.

–This is how I feel right now. The inner writer in me is suffering.

Relationships End

I have been working with Client A for almost seven months. It was wonderful at the beginning and I really enjoyed working with her. She had about 3 writers when I first started and just kept adding and adding to her pile. I always got paid a certain amount per word, the whole time I was with her.

Well, overtime she kept asking us to do more and more for the same pay. So instead of just writing the articles we were also putting them into WordPress, still for the same pay. At the end of the week, we also had to create an invoice for her which had links to all the blog posts on them. All this added work caused me to spend twice as much time on her projects.

Well, all of the sudden her work just stopped and we were left with nothing. So, basically it was time to move on–

What have I learned from this?

Relationships come and go in the freelance world. The way I was treated is pretty common. Just remember that the nicest client can turn his or her back in the blink of an eye.

You are just a number to most of them, which saddens me because I spent a lot of time getting to know this specific client. I learned a lot from this relationship and I hope to apply it to future business relationships.

Toast:

Here is to July and getting past this feast or famine.

Jesus– Our Provider

30 Jun

Too many times I have worried over and over again about money. Not that we are poor by any means, but I just worry. It kind of stinks to always worry, even when God says not too. I have been working a lot on my attitude towards tithing. Especially since we are trying to pay off debt and stay out of it. I kept thinking that money could go towards paying off a bill or something. I didn’t grow up tithing and I’ve never known it’s full blessing, until I was an adult. I do not know if I am the only one who wants to admit it or not, but I am kind of selfish when it comes to money.

How is tithing helping my family?

Well, because we live on such a tight budget, especially with paying off debt. Tithing is a true test of faith for us. When we are writing that check, I know that we could be paying off extra debt with it. But my attitude is so wrong and I hate that. Tithing is helping my family be completely reliant on HIM.

Patience

I think we expect God to bless us right away, like as soon as that check is put into offering plate, we expect 10,000 more dollars to hop out. God’s promises are true and when we wait for them, they truly do come. It does not mean you won’t be impatient or anxious, but those are learning moments. Of course, God does not say you will be blessed with money either. Maybe you will be blessed through friendship, community, or wisdom.

Importance of Tithing

I often am so ‘taken back’ by pastors because of their servant hood. People who work in the church go there every week not really knowing if they will get their pay. Most of the time they do, but these ministers rely on God’s people to give like they are supposed to. How awesome is that?

So, this was the original post for tithing I was talking about the other day.. 🙂

Am I Becoming an Internet Marketer?

29 Jun

Okay, so I have gone a little mad or something because I have started branching out into Internet Marketing. I pay attention to what my clients do and they teach me a lot, so I think it’s time I start doing a little money making of my own on the side. My son starts preschool in the fall and I would like to be able to pay for his preschool with my passive income. I think it would be a great achievement. I know it will not happen overnight, but here are a few things I am doing to try and make that extra income. At this time I make around $500 a week, so I want to increase that by $50 a week in passive income.

-I started writing my own eBook. I’m about 800 words shy of my goal of 5,000 words. Design By Miranda is in the process of creating my eBook cover and I will get it formatted after I have it edited a final time. Sounds crazy that I’m doing this.

-Also, I am trying to understand InfoLinks and Google Adsense. I do not make a lot of money from people visiting my site I’m sure, but every little bit would count. I also would not mind getting into affiliate marketing and such.

I’m learning as I go, so this is all kind of new to me. I’m also hanging out at a lot of the forums so that I can get a better feel for what’s going on in the marketing world.

There you have it…

Till Next Time..

Jess

To a dear friend…

27 Mar

Dear Long Lost Friend–

This seems so immature to be writing this right now, but I don’t know how else to describe how I feel. There was a time when we were best friends. You helped me through my first pregnancy and taught me so much. Every week you watched my son and were just the most amazing friend anyone could of asked for. I remember that you got so mad at me when I didn’t want to go out to eat/drink one night and we just stopped talking.

If I could say one thing to you it would be that I’m sorry. I’m not sure what I did to hurt you so badly, but I’m not sure you know how good of a friend you were to me. We used to joke that we would never let that happen to us. Now you are pregnant with your own precious child and I just long for our friendship to be whole again. I want to be that person that is there for you like you were there for me.

I’m not sure our friendship will ever be where it used to be, but I’ll tell you it can never be replaced. I think we both took for granted what we used to have as friends. No matter what happens, I’ll always be that friend you can call on when there is no one else. I’ll be that person that you can call when your baby won’t sleep at night or when he isn’t eating correctly.

I’ll be that person that gives you diaper money or watches your kid late at night. I’ll be that person that teaches you how to make money at home because you don’t want to leave that precious sleeping baby. I’ll be that person that you can call to ask parenting questions from your baby not pooping to him pooping all over the walls. I’ll be that person that holds your hand through it all.

Even if you don’t want me back in your life like I used to. I hope you’ll hold me in your memories.

I can’t even believe how much I miss our friendship and how these tears are just flowing. You’ll probably never even read this. But if you do..know how much I miss you and love that baby of yours already!

Love,

Jess

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thank you

23 Mar

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Thank you to my clients

I just wanted to so a shout out to my clients. I know it’s easy to complain or whatever about the people we work with, but I have to say I am truly blessed. I do not say this in an “uppity way” or in a suck up way, but I truly am thankful for the people I work with. I rely on you to feed my family and make sure my bills are paid. You rely on me to write original, well written and specific articles. I love writing and it’s what I’ve chosen to do to stay home with my family. There are some of you out there who hate my writing and I’m okay with that, but there are hand-select-few of you who love my writing and I appreciate that.

Why do I appreciate my clients so much?

My current clients understand me. What I mean is that they know I work from home and have two little ones and I appreciate that so much. They know that my life is hectic, but that doesn’t keep them from sending me work. I appreciate my clients because they are able to tell me exactly what they want. I appreciate the working relationship I have with each and every one of you.

You may never read this but I’m still highly grateful. As long as I work for you, I promise to give you GREAT content for you. I’m glad we can continue to build a wonderful working relationship.

Thanks again.

Jess Weaver

Frustrating Day

20 Mar

Today was a frustrating day that is unexplainable. Rather than bore you with my boring day, I just wanted to send you some encouragement. I just wanted to share with you some of my mommy moments. One of the reasons I work from home is to make sure I am there with my kids through the thick and the thin. There will be days like today where I get nothing done, but at the end of the day I am still a mom and wife.

 

Anyways, enjoy these moments because they are precious to me! Image 

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